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Venus to face Riske in Stanford semis

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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Top-seeded Venus Williams reached the Bank of the West Classic semifinals, beating 17-year-old wild-card entry CiCi Bellis 6-4, 6-1 in an all-American match Friday night.

The 36-year-old Williams won the last of her 49 singles titles in Taiwan in February. She won the Stanford event in 2000 and 2002.

Williams will face Alison Riske on Saturday at The Taube Family Tennis Center. Riske led fourth-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 1-0 in another all-American match when Vandeweghe retired because of an ankle injury. Vandeweghe was taken off the court in a wheelchair.

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